Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 helps you browse, search, shop online, and more. Like all modern browsers, Microsoft Edge lets you collect and store specific data on your device, like cookies, and lets you send information to us, like browsing history, to make the experience as rich, fast, and personal as possible.
Whenever we collect data, we want to make sure it’s the right choice for you. Some people worry about their web browsing history and other Internet site visits being collected. They don’t like the idea of people snooping in their stuff, and we get it. That’s why we tell you what data is either stored on your browser or collected by us and give you choices like the controls described on this page. For more information about privacy in Microsoft Edge, we recommend reviewing our Privacy Statement, particularly the section under Service specific details on Windows > Web Browsers: Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Edge saves your browsing history on your device, which is made up of info about the websites you visit. If you choose to use Cortana with Microsoft Edge, your browsing history is also sent to Microsoft so Cortana can help personalize your experience.
Page prediction in Microsoft Edge saves you time by sending your aggregated browsing history to Microsoft to predict patterns in web browsing and improve your overall experience. We also share these patterns with Microsoft Edge so that the next page you might want is already loaded when you want it. To make those predictions, your browsing history is collected with other people’s browsing history and Microsoft analyzes all that web browsing data together.
When you’re searching for something, Microsoft Edge can give suggestions about what you’re typing, just like a search engine. If you leave the Show search and site suggestions as I type setting turned on, then as you start to type, the info you enter in the address bar is sent to Bing to give you immediate search and website suggestions.
Microsoft Edge also has features to help you and your content stay safe online. SmartScreen Filter automatically blocks websites and content downloads that are known to be malicious. First, SmartScreen Filter checks the address of the webpage you're visiting against a list of webpage addresses stored on your device that Microsoft believes to be legitimate. Addresses that aren't on your device’s list and the addresses of files you're downloading will be sent to Microsoft and checked against a frequently updated list of webpages and downloads that have been reported to Microsoft as unsafe or suspicious.
To speed up tedious tasks like filling out forms and entering passwords, Microsoft Edge can save info to help. If you choose to use those features, Microsoft Edge stores the info on your device and doesn’t send it to Microsoft.
To protect some video and music content from being copied, some streaming websites store Digital Rights Management (DRM) data on your device, including a unique identifier (ID) and media licenses. Then, when you use the website, it retrieves the DRM info to make sure you have permission to use the content.
Microsoft Edge will send Do Not Track requests to websites when the Send Do Not Track requests setting is turned on. Websites may still track your activities even when a Do Not Track request is sent, however.
When you use Microsoft Edge in InPrivate mode, browsing info like cookies, history, and temporary files aren’t saved on your device after your browsing session has ended. Start new InPrivate sessions from More on desktop and from Tabs on a mobile device.